Woman dies after plunge from railway bridge

Michelle Hudson
Michelle Hudson

A YOUNG woman has died after plunging 50 foot from a railway bridge.

Michelle Hudson, 25, was found at around 4am on Sunday lying on the track directly underneath the bridge at the bottom of Linton Road – just a stone’s throw from her Holmesdale Gardens home.

She was taken to the Conquest Hospital with serious head injuries but died on Monday afternoon.

By then, police had already arrested a 21-year-old local man, believed to be known to Miss Hudson’s, on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was quizzed and subsequently released on bail until March 24 when he is due back at Hastings Police Station.

The area was sealed off for much of Sunday, as forensic officers combed the scene for vital clues. The railway line was temporarily closed between West St Leonards and Ore stations, before being re-opened shortly after noon.

Since then the spot has turned into a shrine to the dead 25-year-old. Friends and family have left tributes, including teddy bears and an Eeyore toy from Winnie the Pooh, alongside bunches of flowers on the town centre bridge.

One was left by her father and read: “We will always be thinking of you. You were always there for me. I love you. Dad,” while another simply said: “Chel cannot believe you are gone, we miss you with all our hearts.”

A third note was accompanied by a white cuddly toy and said: “RIP my sexy little pumpkin. Love you forever, your Big Teddy Bear.”

And friends also left tributes on her Facebook page, with Amy Martin writing: “RIP my best mate Michelle Hudson, you were one in a million – the amounts of laughs we shared and tears on each others shoulders – I will miss you so much. You will be forever in my heart.”

The investigation is now being run by Sussex Police’s major crime branch and Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Bowles confirmed the death was being treated as suspicious, adding: “Extensive local enquiries are continuing in the area.”

Anyone who can help police piece together Miss Hudson’s final hours, or has any information on what happened on Sunday morning should ring police on 0845 6070999.